Even if it’s in a city I’d love to visit, I’ve never really looked forward to a layover because I know that I’ll probably end up staying in the airport anyway. After watching this video, however, I’m actually looking forward to my next long pit stop — so long as it’s in Dusseldorf, Germany, where the longest bar in the world is just a 20 minute metro ride from the airport.
Okay, so the Gadling guys in the video claim that Dusseldorf has the longest bar in the world, but they admit that it’s not really one bar. What they’re referring to is actually a neighborhood called Altstadt (literally “old town”) that has gained the reputation for having the longest bar in the world because it contains almost 300 dives, drinkeries and discoteques in a relatively small area. When you’re talking about global beer meccas, it’s best to disregard semantics.
As you can see in the video below, Altstadt looks like some sort of 24/7 German Mardi Gras with free-flowing booze, gluttonous meat plates, and even pretty floral leis. If I’m not mistaken, I’m pretty sure I even saw a pregnant woman partaking in the revelry (let’s hope she was just there for the pork products and not the mini bottles of hard liquor). So the next time you’re flying to Europe, try to get routed through Dusseldorf. Better yet: just book an entire trip to Dusseldorf so you can enjoy the “longest bar in the world” at a leisurely pace.
Granted, this could end poorly (like “alcohol poisoning in the bowels of a German prison” poorly) but at least you won’t run the risk of getting too drunk and missing your connecting flight. And that’s what really matters, right?